Tracing the history of the Jennings
family on Excelsior Blvd. is complicated, in that there are
many buildings involved, and many uses made of each building
over the years. The Park Commons redevelopment project has
eliminated all of the original Jennings establishments, but
it is important to study them as they were an integral part
of the Excelsior Blvd. strip.
Jennings Tavern was established at 4630
Excelsior Blvd. in 1934.
JENNING'S LIQUORS I, TIMOTHY O'TOOLE'S, GIPPERS
Mike Jennings opened Jennings Liquors at
4608 Excelsior Blvd. in about 1946,
although it may have been as early as 1934, right after
prohibition. It was in 1946 that the liquor license held by
Harriet W. Jennings for 4630 was transferred to 4608. [Mike
died in 1951.] A new building was built in 1955 and opened
in 1956. Starting in December 1973, the back room of the
liquor store was remodeled into Timothy O’Toole’s
1988 the liquor store moved to 4600 Excelsior and Gipper’s
All-American Sports Bar and Grill was opened in its place.
Gipper’s and O’Toole’s operated successfully until the Park
Commons project forced the building to be demolished.
JENNING'S LIQUORS II
The property at 4600 Excelsior had
been the site of Holt's Nursery. The nursery building was
demolished in about 1973. The new building housed a number
of pizza restaurants until about 1986. The building was
converted to the Jennings Liquor Store in 1987, and was
demolished for the Park Commons project in 2001. Jennings
Liquors then moved across the street to 4631/37/49 Excelsior
JENNING'S LIQUORS III
In 2001 the liquor store moved across the street to
4631/37/49 Excelsior Blvd. It
was first the site of Robert’s Johnson’s soda fountain,
dating back to about 1922. The original building was
demolished in about 1964. The extant building dates to 1966.
In 2001 the property was bought by Mike Jennings, who moved
Jennings Liquors in from across the street where the Park
Commons project was being built.
Also see Liquor in the Park